Top 100, Redux

Why, you might ask, when I've already got a Top 100 list, would I bother making another? Well, almost immediately after making the last one there were changes I wanted to make. Nearly six months on it seems completely out of date, missing hugely important films, and ranking comparatively unimportant ones far too high. One's opinion of a film shifts gradually over time; thoughts on 100 of them concurrently shift considerably each moment. This list is a rather accurate summation, at this very moment, of the films which matter the most to me in life. Comments welcome as ever, feel free to tell me how utterly stupid my choices are.


  • It does have a vibe of grave seriousness to it, doesn't it? I need to lighten up!

  • It does, I guess. Nothing wrong with that though. Few questions for you:

    Never seen a Bergman... where to begin?

    Never seen a Tarr... where to begin?

  • Bergman... perhaps The Seventh Seal is best. It's his most widely loved for a good reason, surprisingly funny, and a solid introduction to his style and themes. As for Tarr, I always recommend going for Werckmeister Harmonies first. It was my first (and at a time when I wasn't really into art film at all) and it blew me away. It's by far his best, and I guess probably his most accessible too. You need to know you're okay with his style before trying Satantango or The Turin Horse, and Damnation and The Man from London just aren't as good. Werckmeister is the way to go.

  • Thanks, Seventh Seal was the one I was aiming at as well. As for Tarr, it does seem that his films are a little harder to get a hold of. I'll have to see what can be done.

  • Just watched Once Upon A Time In Anatolia yesterday, Ronan. I was blown away by it. Thanks to you, that is, in a way.

  • Great to hear! I always feel a little trepidatious putting new films in my top 100 but there was just no way I couldn't in this case.

  • I know the feeling. Is there anything you'd recommend I go ahead and watch next, something similar, you know?

  • Pardon the extreme delay, my internet access has almost entirely evaporated lately (you have no idea how much it pains me to have my Letterboxd diary totally out of date). I suppose the likes of Le Quattro Volte, Tulpan, and Alamar might be your best bet. A similar focus on landscapes above all else, though none are quite as dark in tone.

  • Thanks, I'll keep those in mind. Le Quattro Volte especially intrigues me for some reason.

  • I just watched Attenberg. I initially hated it and now I'm slowly starting to like it. It's a very strange film. I think my appreciation well grow for it on a rewatch like Dogtooth.

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